Member Spotlight – Megan Diaz de Arce, NEW Carolinas

“[I value] being part of such an inspiring community of professionals!”

Name: Megan Diaz de Arce

Member Since: 2012

How did you first hear about NEW, and what prompted you to join?

The company I work for, Mondelēz International, sponsored my NEW membership. I started my career in Tampa and have fond memories of NEW events I attended and webinars I participated in with colleagues. When I moved to Charlotte for a job opportunity, I was eager to get involved in the Carolina chapter.

How has NEW impacted your personal/professional life?

NEW has expanded my network allowing me a platform to connect with local industry professionals. I was also able to practice and improve my presentation skills through speaking to college students about NEW and the CPG industry.

Tell us about a recent personal accomplishment or event in your life.

Completed the via ferrata in Murren, Switzerland. The climbing path is 2000 ft above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. The route involves scaling a cliff face and crossing a suspension bridge. Although not physically challenging, it certainly involved mental toughness. Incredible experience and break taking views.

What is your favorite NEW event you’ve attended?

I have enjoyed all of the NEW events I have attended. One event that stands out is the Spring Learning Event from a few years ago on Inspiring Courageous Leadership. It was a panel event that featured 4 dynamic leaders that shared their career paths and advice; their stories were energizing and inspiring!

What other activities, aside from being an amazing member of NEW, do you enjoy in your free time?

Traveling! In the past 3 years, we visited Japan, Switzerland, Spain, Croatia, & Cuba.

Lightning round questions!

Nickname your parents used to call you? No nicknames

You get one superpower, but you must choose between invisibility and flight. Which do you pick? Flight

Last Halloween costume? “Claire Dearing” from Jurassic World. My husband was “Owen Grady” and our puppy was “Blue”

Favorite word? Grit

What food could you eat for a week straight for every meal? Lasagna

Finally, any funny stories about your time with NEW?

Can’t think of any funny stories. However, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet Sarah Alter at a NEW Carolinas event last year!

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